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COQUETRY
[ Also see Deceit Flirtation Women Wooing ]

Or light or dark, or short or tall,
  She sets a springe to snare them all:
    All's one to her--above her fan
      She'd make sweet eyes at Caliban.
      - Thomas Bailey Aldrich, Quatrains--Coquette

Like a lovely tree
  She grew to womanhood, and between whiles
    Rejected several suitors, just to learn
      How to accept a better in his turn.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto II, st. 128)

Such is your cold coquette, who can't say "No,"
  And won't say "Yes," and keeps you on and off-ing
    On a lee-shore, till it begins to blow,
      Then sees your heart wreck'd, with an inward scoffing.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto XII, st. 63)

In the School of Coquettes
  Madam Rose is a scholar,--
    O, they fish with all nets
      In the School of Coquettes!
        When her brooch she forgets
          'Tis to show her new collar;
            In the School of Coquettes
              Madam Rose is a scholar!
      - Henry Austin Dobson, Rose-Leaves--Circe

The characteristic of coquettes is affectation governed by whim.
      - Henry Fielding

The coquettes of both sexes are self-lovers, and that is a love no other whatever can dispossess.
      - John Gay

An accomplished coquette excites the passions of others, in proportion as she feels none herself.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

A coquette is like a recruiting sergeant, always on the lookout for fresh victims.
      - Douglas William Jerrold

It is a species of coquetry to make a parade of never practising it.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld, Maxims
         (no. 110)

Coquetry is the essential characteristic, and the prevalent humor of women; but they do not all practise it, because the coquetry of some is restrained by fear or by reason.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld, Maxims
         (no. 252)

Women know not the whole of their coquetry.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld, Maxims
         (no. 342)

The greatest miracle of love is the cure of coquetry.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld, Maxims
         (no. 359)

A coquette is a young lady of more beauty than sense, more accomplishments than learning, more charms not person than graces of mind, more admirers than friends, mole fools than wise men for attendants.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Coquetry whets the appetite; flirtation depraves it. Coquetry is the thorn that guards the rose--easily trimmed off when once plucked. Flirtation is like the slime on water-plants, making them hard to handle, and when caught, only to be cherished in slimy waters.
      - Ik Marvel (pseudonym of Donald G. Mitchell),
        Reveries of a Bachelor--Sea Coal (I)


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